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October 13, 2010

NEA Continues Its Ad Ground Game

The NEA is stepping up its game with new ads designed to protect some vulnerable Democrats.

September 30, 2010

IG: ED Could Have Done a Better Job Tracking Stim Funds

Auditors took a look at the department's work in pushing the $53.6 billion in state stabilization funding, the largest single program in the stimulus, out the door.

September 29, 2010

Good News and Bad News for Race to the Top Fans

Supporters of the Race to the Top program have reasons to both cheer and jeer at Congress this week.

September 16, 2010

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Rips Race to the Top

The longtime Democratic mayor of Chicago says the Race to the Top competition should have rewarded Illinois and his city for their work improving schools.

June 25, 2010

Will Districts Spend Stimulus Bucks Before Deadline?

That's a very real question, especially after reading this post from the Association of School Business Officials. During a recent U.S Department of Education webinar geared toward districts, 48 percent of those who participated said they were somewhat concerned about spending their money before th...

June 17, 2010

Contractors To Help ED Implement Stimulus Reforms

When I talked to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan earlier this week about the transition in his chief of staff post, he talked about the broader shift in the department: from policy formation to policy implementation. Designing and executing the competitions around Race to the Top and the In...

May 06, 2010

Was Race to the Top Authorized?

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the former director of the Institute of Education Sciences, argues in this Education Week commentary that the Obama administration's signature education policy program, the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, was not authorized by Congress. As a reporter who covere...

April 21, 2010

What Really Annoyed the Race to Top Peer Reviewers

Education Department officials gave some insight into what Race to the Top peer reviewers liked and didn't in states' applications.

April 14, 2010

Duncan Calls on Congress to Pass Edu-Jobs Aid

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today officially called on Congress to pass a second round of funding to help states thwart layoffs and programmatic cuts. This is a big deal because, up to now, the administration hadn't officially asked for more education jobs money, even though the House passe...

February 09, 2010

Is Stimulus Money Being Spent Equitably?

I'm at a two-day symposium in New York City put on by the Campaign for Educational Equity (and sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University) that's examining whether the stimulus funds have been spent and used equitably to help improve achievement, especially among at-risk students. Sam Dill...

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